The Season of Lent is a reflective time set aside to prepare ourselves for Holy Week and more importantly for Easter morning. The three most common themes during lent are Pray, Fast and Give Alms. Beginning with an all-school Mass on Ash Wednesday, Campus Ministry is offering a variety of ways for our students to incorporate prayer, fasting and almsgiving into their everyday lives during this season of Lent.
Prayer opportunities: Morning prayers are encouraging students to “Take Up Your Cross,” Stations of the Cross, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Daily Decade of the Rosary before school, Holy Week Prayer Service.
Fast opportunities: Students were asked to share one thing they are ‘fasting from’ or working on during lent – these anonymous notes are displayed throughout the school as a reminder, students will be challenged to “give up” something and give to the rice bowl throughout Lent as well.
Give Alms Opportunities: This year we will again take part in the Operation Rice Bowl Project. Students received a rice bowl and are encouraged to collect monies in it throughout the Lenten season and then return the Rice Bowl contents at our Holy Week Prayer Service.
Reconciliation will be offered at the following times during March in the Chapel:
Monday, March 10 – 3rd, 4th (last lunch), 5th periods
Thursday, March 13 – 4th (first lunch) and 5th periods
Tuesday, March 18 – during the Mission Retreat at the Heights (10-11:30 a.m.)
Thursday, April 10 – 3rd, 4th, 5th periods
Friday, April 11 – 3rd, 4th, 5th periods
Every Monday during lunch mods (in Mrs. Price’s office)
This year we will also be offering an Evening of Reflection on Thursday, April 17 from 5-11:30 p.m. The evening will include a shared meal, reflection, discussion, Mass and end by “Praying the Steps” in Mt. Adams. We will need Virtus Trained chaperones to help with this event. This event is open to students of NDA (and their parents are welcome to join us as well). Registration is required, there is no cost for this event. More information to follow.